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Join us for Empowering Multilingual Learners, an exciting webinar series co-sponsored by CAL and Vista


Register today to attend all sessions
Series Schedule:

Empowering Multilingual Learners with Digital Learning Resources
Thursday, March 17 | 4:00pm EST
Maria Cieslak

Watch the recording | Download the handouts (Part 1 & Part 2) | Read the blog


Academic Language Development Through Writing in the Content Area
Thursday, April 21 | 4:00pm EST
Marybelle Marrero-Colon


Watch the recording | Download the handouts (Part 1 & Part 2) | Read the blog


Multilingual Family Engagement in a Hybrid World
Thursday, May 19 | 4:00pm EST
Maria Cieslak

With the vast array of digital tools available to teachers, the Educator toolkit on Educational Technology for English Learners provides guidance to determine which digital tools and applications to use to meet the learning challenges for multilingual learners.

In this webinar, you will learn:
• Reflect on key research findings on multilingual learners’ digital learning styles and preferences
• Become familiar with three types of digital learning resources available to support multilingual learners
• Explore different types of educational technology resources


NOTEBy submitting the form, you will be registered for all three webinars in the series. If you are unable to attend a sessions, you can access the recordings on Vista’s professional development webinar archive page.

Learn about the presenters

Maria Cieslak

Marybelle Marrero-Colon
About Maria Cieslak:

Maria Cieslak is the Professional Development Manager at the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington, D.C. facilitating workshops on the SIOP Model, Newcomers, Long-Term English Learners, MTSS, and academic language in STEM. Trilingual in Polish, English, and Spanish, Maria taught Kindergarten through 8th grade in Illinois and Nevada, as a bilingual/ ESL/ and general education teacher. In addition to her varied and extensive teaching and instructional coaching background, Maria is nationally board certified in English as a New Language Ages 3-12 with teaching endorsements in computer applications. With over 25 years of experience in education, Maria continues to advocate for multilingual learners’ access and success in STEM fields by building partnerships, leveraging policy and expanding innovation.



About Marybelle Marrero-Colon:

In her 35 years as an educator, inclusion specialist, program coordinator, administrator, and professional developer, Marybelle has acquired experience within the fields of ESOL, Bilingual Education, Bilingual Special Education, Special Education, content area instruction and evaluation, and Professional Development. She has adjunct at various colleges and universities in teacher programs. Marybelle is presently the Associate Director of Professional Development for the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL). For CAL she has provided coaching, workshops, and presentations for schools, districts, national conferences, and various education based organizations in topics involving Bilingual Students, English Learners, and Second Language Acquisition. Marybelle has a B.A. in Psychology & Spanish Language & Literature, an M.A. in Bilingual Special Education, and an M.S. in Administration & Supervision with a specialty in professional development.